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[1 Sep 2013]
Barrels of fun in the land of brandy

Interesting article by MARK JONES. Chateau de L’Yeuse, a fine 19th-century house in the heart of Cognac, has a glass display cabinet showcasing some of the region’s best produce – slippers.
That’s right: slippers. Proper red and black check, comfy things, called pontoufles charentaises.
The quality of slipper craftsmanship is a source of great local pride. It is a bit like going to the Louis Vuitton HQ and finding an old rucksack given pride of place in the lobby…
Next door in the bar, there are more than 160 bottles of the other …